Bad carbs make
us hungry, crabby, and fat
Every diet book today talks about bad carbs. But there are lots of
different carbs. How do we identify the bad ones?
carbs are bad?
find them in foods that humans have
altered. For example, the food industry isolates sugar
from whole foods
like sugar cane and sugar beets. Manufacturers remove the vitamins,
minerals, fiber, and water.
They create a white powder that contains only
is a bad
carbohydrate. Sugar is not a natural whole food. It
bodies any of the nutrients they need. It just gives us empty calories.
Most other sweeteners are bad too.
Maple syrup, honey, fructose, brown rice syrup, barley malt, agave
nectar, corn syrup, you name it. They are not whole foods either. They
give us too many calories too fast, with no fiber and few nutrients.
only two sweeteners that contain significant nutrients are date sugar
and blackstrap molasses. If you need a sweetener once in a while, try
to use one of these two. Or use pitted dates or other dried fruits.
Cows' milk contains the carbohydrate
lactose. Many people cannot digest lactose. Our body
breaks lactose down to galactose. Studies show that galactose increases
a woman's risk of ovarian canceer. Lactose and galactose are harmful to
our health. Avoid dairy products and you
will avoid these two of the worst carbs.
grains v.s. whole grains
source of bad carbs is
refined grains. As with sugar, the food industry
removes the healthful parts of whole grains to create a
useless white powder: more unhealthy carbohydrates.
remove the bran and
fiber from the outside of the grain. They remove the germ that contains
vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. They grind up the
endosperm into white flour.
White flour is mainly starch. Most of the fiber
and nutrients from
the whole grain are gone. Then the food industry adds a handful of the
cheapest vitamins back in and calls the flour "enriched". They've got
The food industry loves to make
things with white flour. White flour has a long shelf life. It is very
profitable. Almost every loaf of bread in the supermarket contains
white flour. If your
bread and pastries don't say "100% whole wheat", they contain
white flour. They are bad carbs.
commercial pasta is made from white flour. It often contains eggs. If
the label says "semolina", it is white flour. You can find 100% whole
wheat pasta in natural food stores.
White rice is not quite as bad as white flour. It
still contains many nutrients, but brown rice is much better. And our
favorite, if you can find it, is red rice.
than bad carbs
Many of the white flour products
we eat are super bad for our health. They contain a
macronutrient that is even more harmful than white
flour: added fat.
The worst added fats are the partially
hydrogenated oils. They contain trans fats that accelerate aging and
cause disease. Added saturated fats like coconut oil and palm oil raise
our blood cholesterol levels.
People say that donuts, cakes,
cookies, pies, and crackers are bad carbs. But
they really are bad carb-and-fat combinations.
All added fats are bad. It doesn't matter if they come from margarine,
butter, lard, shortening, vegetable oil or olive oil. They are all
fattening. They are not
whole foods, and our bodies want whole foods.